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Mexican Chocolate Fudge Pecan Cake

“What do you think?” I asked Suzen proudly. I hadn’t seen a look like this on her face in over twenty years. “No,” she said quietly. “But,” I began, astounded. “I mean no,” her voice was forceful. “No one has ever written a cookbook like this,” I emphasized. She paused. “No, no one has. For…

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Sour Cream Icing [but it's still chocolate!]

  Sour cream. It has many uses: dips, baked potatoes, dips, chili topping, dips, … It’s wrong, I know, but the flavor image that pops into my head is Lipton Onion Soup mix and sour cream. And, of course, I always double the amount of soup mix so that the dip literally burns your tongue.…

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Mocha Cream Frosting

I know whipped cream is not a separate food group, but it could be. Even the lactose intolerant can rarely deny themselves the pleasure of a taste. While marshmallows do gracefully adorn a cup of hot chocolate, nothing can match whipped cream laced with sugar and vanilla. At the other extreme, a cool whipped cream…

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Royal Icing

I wanted to avoid criticism. I wanted my hand to be steady, but piping royal icing is hard. “That’s supposed to be straight line. And even,” Suzen commented. She was across the counter eyeing the cookies I was trying to decorate. “I don’t want straight lines,” I lied. “I’m doing fractals.” “Really?” she looked at…

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